15366 Highway 13 South,
Hurricane Mills, Tennessee
zip code: 37078-2347
We have driven by this place a few times on our travels over the last couple of years and it was never a good time to stop and chow down. I had heard good things from people about the quality of the country cooking. Finally we were able to stop and get a bite to eat.
The weather was horrible and rainy when we stopped in. I tried to take a picture of the HUGE buffalo statue out front but it just did not come out.
The restaurant is located right beside a touristy type of gift shop with everything in it from music to hillbilly accessories. Fun to walk around and check out all the kitschy stuff. It was entertaining to see all the Loretta Lynn souvenirs. It always amazes me how many things they will put a famous persons face and or signature on.
It was just approaching noon as we walked in and place was filing up with folks that looked like they had just come from church and some other tourists from all over the US, Canada and Great Britain. I always feel better when I see some locals in the mix.
They have a full menu full of Southern Fare:
We decided to have the Sunday buffet. It was filled with lots of choices, full salad bar, fried chicken, fried catfish, chicken tenders, beans, turnip greens, hush-puppies, corn bread muffins, buns, butter, coleslaw, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy and sweet potatoes.
This was my plate:
The food was really decent. Nothing wrong with any of it. Just good country cooking. However I will say the turnip greens were exceptional. I went back for seconds. They had beautiful big chunks of pork in them. Lots and lots of pork flavor which was a nice balance against the greens. They also were not overcooked and still had great texture.
I didn’t take a picture of my salad plate however their macaroni salad was something I would go back for in an instant as well. Great flavor. Nice crunch and properly cooked pasta.
For dessert they had banana pudding on the buffet. It was not memorable. Skip it. Also the staff here are really genuinely nice. Not overly syrupy nice just really nice efficient warm and friendly.
This is a great place to go and eat – we highly recommend it.